Summer Intern – Quality Assurance Project (Legal Service)
Internships are a vital way to develop your career. At Southampton City Council we’re keen to invest in people, and our annual internship programme offers local university students the opportunity to gain 12 weeks paid work over the summer period, whilst supporting experienced colleagues to deliver a specific project.
As an intern you’ll be receiving practical and professional training right from the start, being able to put your university theory into practice. Working alongside experienced colleagues who will supervise your development and a dedicated mentor providing support and guidance throughout your internship.
Project 1: The first six weeks is working within the Legal & Governance team to support a project reviewing the current Definitive Map (of Rights of Way) and prepare and publish Definitive Map Modification Orders (Orders designating public rights of way).
The intern would be responsible for going through existing files, applications and evidence sources and identifying those matters for which the legal threshold for being added to the Definitive Map is met. The intern would be responsible for making up the files and for preparing letters, notices etc and deal with queries raised by members of the public. The intern would also need to deal with any objections and in the event that any matter had to go before the Secretary of State they would need to prepare the bundles of documentation.
They would become expert in an interesting area of law that has a direct impact on property rights and public access to land in the open air.
Project 2: The second six weeks of the internship would be spent working with the Tree Management team to provide a more informative and useful mapping system on the current So Maps application. The aim is to create a layer on the So Maps system that shows whether land has been adopted wholly or on a rights of way basis, customers would then to be able to view the adoption documents by clicking on the map.
The outcome has a potential financial saving to the council in reducing time spent by Tree Officers in establishing tree ownership and in preventing Southampton City Council from carrying out costly works to private Trees.
During the course of your internship you can expect:
- Participation in meetings and events that would extend your experience in marketing and communications beyond the remit of the project
- Building your knowledge and understanding of how the project you are delivering fits within the wider objectives and actions of the team, directorate, and city council as a whole
- Transfer of knowledge in respect of the expected standards of working in a local authority to include matters such as data protection, equality and diversity, and health and safety
- Transfer of knowledge in relation to policies, procedures and working practices at Southampton City Council – including decision-making processes, structure of the Council (both political and officer)
- Access to networks, organisations, and individuals who would be key to achieving the objectives of the project.
- Access to knowledge that would contribute to the delivery of the project including support in use of the city council’s IT system and any other equipment that might be required
- An atmosphere in which information, challenges, opportunities, and concerns can be shared in an open and transparent environment.
Interviews: May 2018
Start date: June/July 2018
Duration: 12 weeks